Fighting the Back to School Blues

Back to School season is exciting, but it can also be daunting. It is a lot all at once: a new schedule, new people, new plans, new places and so much more. It is total stimulus overload. If you’re only a couple of weeks deep but already feeling it, you are not alone.

There are a number of helpful strategies to keep you refreshed and excited for this new adventure, instead of overwhelmed and drained. Each person is different and will benefit from different practices, but here are five suggestions of things to do to fight the back to school blues:

1). Take a nap. Bring back the glory days and enjoy a nap when you get home from school or work. Even thirty minutes can be just the boost you need. Naps will make you feel more alert and productive.

2). Say ‘no.’ Some balls are made of glass and can’t be dropped, like meeting an important deadline. Others are plastic and be dropped without issue, like making dinner yourself. Get takeout if needed.

3). Block out one hour to rest in whatever way that looks for you. It could mean watching a movie, going to the park, or a nice bath. Whatever it is, do something where your mind can unplug and take a breath.

4). Literally unplug! Turn your phone off for a predetermined amount of time. Take a break from the notifications and messages and emails. Everyone can wait. If you need time disconnected, take it.

5). Go outside. Soak in some Vitamin D. Take a moment to breathe in this glorious fall air. Say out loud to yourself, “everything is going to be okay.”

You’ve got this!

Posted by Ken Richter on


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